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Family Spats. Edition No. 1
- ID: 1905146
- November 2008
- 204 Pages
- VDM Publishing House
This pioneering book provides a new interpretation
of the Anglo-American special relationship’s
fundamental nature, its strengths and weaknesses,
and the heart of its operational dynamic. Revealing
the powerful influence of cultural affinity,
Hendershot explains why no disagreement, however
large, has been able to divide the American and
British partnership entirely — an explanation rooted
in the history of Anglo-American crises, myths and
perceptions of fraternity. Focusing on the 1956
Suez crisis and the American war in Vietnam, the
author draws upon vast archival records and public
opinion survey data to demonstrate how cultural
affinity has stabilized and sustained the alliance
even in the face of bitter disagreements. As the
sinew of this unique bilateral partnership, cultural
affinity has allowed the special relationship,
though altered and unequal, to survive into the 21st
century. This book is addressed to readers
interested in the special relationship, the Suez
crisis, the Vietnam War, Cold War alliances, and the
influence of culture upon diplomacy.
Robert M. Hendershot.
Dr. Hendershot is a professor of history at Grand
Rapids Community College. His primary fields of expertise are
American and British foreign policy, Cold War culture, Middle
Eastern nationalism, and the Vietnam War.